"The thing in life you want more than anything else is for your kids to be happy," remarked Senator John McCain about his daughter Meghan's wedding to People Magazine in an interview. "And I'm confident that she will be. It was really a wonderful day."
Despite Meghan's wedding serving as a wonderful "celebration of life," it came at a time of deep pain for the McCain family. In July of 2017, Senator McCain was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer which only gave him about one or two more years to live. It was after learning of John McCain's diagnosis that his daughter and her boyfriend made the quick decision to engage and plan a quick wedding.
"This brought into focus how important it was for Meghan to have her dad see her get married, and to have that happen while he was still fully there and fully able to participate,” says Domenech, the founder of the website The Federalist and Meghan McCain's new husband.
Indeed, the last several months have been a difficult time for the McCain family, but this doesn't mean that the family is pushing forward together. In fact, Senator McCain has recently opened up about seeing his daughter's wedding and even revealed what he hopes will be placed on his tombstone.
“I have been so fortunate to have the life that I have had, full of time and adventure and excitement," said Senator McCain, according to People.
What John McCain hopes will be placed onto his tombstone is that he served his country honorably.
“I’ve been a small bit of American history, so I think if there’s something on my tombstone, it’ll be ‘He served his country,’ and hopefully you add one word, ‘honorably,’ ” he says. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve lost races. I’ve caved in to what seems to be the easy way out and wasn’t. There’s nothing to be sorry for. I have nothing but gratitude for a life fully lived, and you can’t ask for anything more than that. And you can’t deny that I am the luckiest person that you will ever talk to.”
John McCain, the son of a decorated Navy admiral, was born at a Naval Station in Panama on August 29, 1936. When he came of age, he quickly enrolled into the U.S. Naval Academy and was dispatched to Vietnam, where he was brutally tortured as a prisoner of war between 1967 and 1973.
After he was released, McCain served America as a Republican congressman and senator from the state of Arizona. He was known as a "maverick" who often challenged party orthodoxy. He then ran as a Republican candidate for president in 1999 and earned the Republican nomination in 2008, but lost to Barack Obama.
Lately, he has made headlines for his opposition to the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare and his personal battle with brain cancer.
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